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In multi-component lipid membranes, phase separation can lead to the formation of domains. The morphology of fluid-like domains has been rationalized in terms of membrane elasticity and line tension. We show that the morphology of solid-like domains is governed by different physics, and instead reflects the molecular ordering of the lipids. An understanding of this link opens new possibilities for the rational design of patterned membranes.
- PHOSPHATIDYLETHANOLAMINE BILAYERS